NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Two nuclear-armed siblings with a long history of armed conflict. Two prime ministers facing public pressure for military action. And a snowy, mountainous region that both nations have coveted - and occupied with troops - for more than 70 years. It was almost inevitable that fighting would break out again between India and Pakistan. On Wednesday (Feb 27), Pakistani and Indian fighter jets engaged in a skirmish over Indian-controlled territory in the disputed border state of Jammu and Kashmir. At least one Indian jet was shot down, with Pakistan capturing its pilot. The incursion came just one day after Indian aircraft flew into Pakistan and attacked near the town of Balakot. The Indian government claimed it was striking a training camp for Jaish-e-Muhammed, a terrorist group that was responsible for a Feb 14 suicide bombing in southern Kashmir that killed at least 40 paramilitary forces. Pakistan has insisted it had no involvement in the suicide attack. Now there … [Read more...] about Why do India and Pakistan keep fighting over Kashmir?
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NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan have fought two wars and had countless skirmishes over Kashmir, the Himalayan region claimed in full by both nuclear-armed rivals.But rarely have ground troops or air forces crossed the heavily militarised de facto border between the two foes, known as the Line of Control (LoC), in Kashmir.Here are some of the major clashes between the South Asian enemies over the flashpoint mountainous territory.1947The first war breaks out over Kashmir after partition divides the subcontinent into India and Pakistan. The maharaja of Kashmir, the local ruler, accedes to India as tribal fighters from Pakistan launch attacks.1965India and Pakistan fight a second brief war over Kashmir before a ceasefire is declared.1971India and Pakistan fight another war, not over Kashmir but over Islamabad's rule in then East Pakistan, with New Delhi supporting Bengali nationalists seeking independence for what would become Bangladesh. India's air force conducts bombing raids inside … [Read more...] about India vs Pakistan: a history of conflict over Kashmir
While the cricket fraternity was waiting for an India-Pakistan final in Asia Cup 2018, Bangladesh player perfect party poopers by stunning the Men in Green in their final Super Four match on Wednesday. India and Bangladesh will now be squaring off in Friday's final, which will be a repeat of the 2016 Asia Cup title match. Six-time champions India are firm favourites to win their seventh continental crown but Bangladesh cannot be ruled out and they showed why in Tuesday's match against Pakistan despite being severely affected by injury concerns. India have been unbeaten in the tournament, the only team to do so. After resting five of their key players against Afghanistan, an MS Dhoni-led side played out a tie in their final Super Four match on Wednesday. Captain Rohit Sharma, opener Shikhar Dhawan, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah were the ones rested for the Afghanistan encounter. All five of them will make their way back into the playing XI. … [Read more...] about Asia Cup 2018 final: India vs Bangladesh probable playing XIs and pitch conditions
Rafael Nadal sets his sights on a 27th Grand Slam semi-final when he faces Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday while Marin Cilic tackles Juan Martin del Potro in a battle of former US Open champions. In the women's last-eight, Maria Sharapova faces fellow former Paris champion Garbine Muguruza. Top seed Simona Halep, twice a runner-up, takes on two-time major winner Angelique Kerber. Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman Nadal heads into his semi-final clash still on course for an incredible 11th French Open title, having not even dropped a set at Roland Garros since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals. The world number one has won all five of his meetings with 11th seed Schwartzman. The Argentinian said that the story of David and Goliath inspired him in a remarkable comeback from two sets down against Kevin Anderson, who is 13 inches taller than him, in the last 16. But he will need an even more Herculean effort to get past Nadal, … [Read more...] about News Nadal, Sharapova eye French Open semi-finals
Novak Djokovic can reach a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday when the 12-time major winner faces unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in the last-eight of the French Open. Alexander Zverev, the second seeded German, is in his first quarter-final at the majors where he faces Dominic Thiem who has made the semi-finals in Paris in the last two years. With world number two Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko already eliminated, the bottom half of the women's draw has been throw wide open. World number 98 Yulia Putintseva, a quarter-finalist two years ago, tackles Madison Keys of the United States. Keys's close friend Sloane Stephens, the US Open champion, takes on Russia's Daria Kasatkina who put out Wozniacki. Novak Djokovic vs Marco Cecchinato 2016 champion Djokovic, in a 12th Roland Garros quarter-final and 40th at the majors, is bidding to reach his 32nd Grand Slam semi-final when he faces world number 72 Cecchinato. Playing at his lowest ranking for almost 12 … [Read more...] about News Tennis: Djokovic, Zverev eye semi-finals, US hope for double